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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Aug 10, 2009 10:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Anti-Taper Dead

I've mentioned this before, about July 31, 1973. On my way into the Roosevelt Stadium entrance, I grabbed a 10-foot pole out of a pile of scaffolding rubble near the gate. Me, the pole, my taping gear, and my friends found a spot fob. During the closing tune (Johnny B. Goode), a huge Hell's Angel security dude (he was like 6' 10" and maybe 280 pounds) came from behind stage and went into the crowd. He parted the audience and walked right up to me. He extended his arm, held out his hand and said, "May I have your tape, please?" I was emotionally crushed in an instant. It was also very frightening. I was freaking out. The dude knew it. I tried to beg. He politely asked me the same question again.

I handed my tape over to him and my heart sunk into an abyss. My friend Jimmy Watson was there. Jimmy had turned me onto his live Dead tapes in fall 1972. He even had copies of the Fillmore East run from April 1971 - the famous broom closet tapes. Jimmy was my inspiration to become a taper. He started chatting with the Hell's Angel dude and followed him backstage. 10 minutes later, Jimmy was back with my tape. And I was back there the next night taping fob again. No problem.

Then I look on The Archive a couple of years ago. AUD tapes of this show were there. Jerry Moore was there too - also taping fob. No SBD for this show exists.